Legislative Forum 2016 – Registration Open!

Vote for Libraries buttonCalling all MLA and ITEM members and library advocates and trustees — you are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am until 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This is the work session to begin planning for the 2017 legislative session – an appropriations/budget year.

Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, will review the 2016 Legislative Session and provide a preview of what to expect in the 2017 session. The majority of the day will be spent on group work: identifying legislative priorities for 2017, as well as ongoing opportunities, challenges, and issues for 2017 and beyond.

Come be a part of this opportunity to shape the 2017 legislative agenda!

Registration is free and lunch will be provided by MLA. Goodies will be ready for your arrival – Thank you to Minitex!

Click here for more information and to register.

Success = Library Legislative Day

Despite the construction making navigation around the Capitol complex a bit tricky, the beautiful spring weather and productive office visits made the 2016 Minnesota Library Legislative a success.  Every year library supporters from across the state go to Library Day at the Capitol, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM). Library concerns this year are a $10 million bonding request for library construction funds and initiatives to support border-to-border broadband access.

East Central Regional Library Legislative Day album

On the eve of Legislative Day

Vote for Libraries buttonLibrarians, trustees and Library Friends will gather in St. Paul on April 13 to advocate for the MLA / ITEM Legislative Platform.  The top priority for this “short” legislative session will be inclusion of a $10 million appropriation in the Capital Investment bill for the construction of public library buildings.  Based on projected building projects around the state, public libraries have the potential of $172,883,00 in brick and mortar capital expenses in the next few years.

As you head to the Capital to remind your legislators of the importance of libraries and the structures that hold those services, remember to share news of your visits on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag:  #mnlibleg16

If you cannot make the trek to St. Paul — Call your legislators’ offices and offer your support, and remember to share news with #mnlibleg16.